Handel’s Messiah


Saturday 10th December 2022

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Tickets (including fees) from £15.50 to £46; Under 30s and full-time student discount available

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Saturday 10 December 2022 - 6pm

Handel - Messiah (Model Music Curriculum Y3, 7, 9)

Matthew Hamilton

Rowan Pierce, soprano
Katie Bray, mezzo-soprano
Ben Johnson, tenor
Michael Mofidian, bass-baritone

Hallé Choir, choral director Matthew Hamilton

When first performed in Dublin in 1742, Handel’s Messiah was greeted with unadulterated enthusiasm; however, its English premiere the following year flopped. Ever the astute entrepreneur, and being wholly confident that he’d composed a masterpiece, Handel, mothballed the oratorio for a couple of years; thereafter it flourished, becoming a cornerstone of the choral repertoire. An essential part of every Hallé Christmas, Messiah is conducted here for the first time by Choral Director Matthew Hamilton with the choir he’s been training for seven years. Over this period, he’s been building a national reputation and joining him is a starry line up of young British soloists making names for themselves including Rowan Pierce, who sings the vocal parts of the character Sienna Rosso in Bridgerton, and Ben Johnson, former Kathleen Ferrier Award winner.

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